Rabbi Serena Eisenberg
Executive Director
Serena joins Hillel at Stanford as Executive Director as of August 2011. Serena returns to the Bay Area after living in Israel, where she was a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute and worked as a consultant in Jewish education.  From 2005-2007, she served as the Executive Director and Rabbi at her alma mater, the Brown University/RISD Hillel.  Serena was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and also holds a JD and MSW from UC Berkeley, specializing in family welfare. Serena has five sons, ages 27-8,and loves hiking and adventure – most recently, leading a bar mitzvah trek on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Pat WatersPat Waters
Director of Operations
Pat joined Hillel at Stanford in 2003 bringing with her many years of experience working in industry, service and university settings. Pat was instrumental in working with contractors in renovating/building the Taube House and the Koret Pavilion. As Director of Operations she is responsible for administration, human resources and facilities. Pat is a native Californian and attended Eastern Kentucky University. Pat loves long walks on the beach, trying new salad recipes, and watching Dancing With The Stars.


Heather PaulHeather Paul
Camp Kesem Director/Jewish Life Associate
Heather joined the Hillel at Stanford team in September 2010. Before Stanford, Heather spent eight years in the redwoods in Santa Cruz, California. Heather went to UC Santa Cruz as an undergraduate, where she double-majored in creative writing and history, and graduated in 2006. In 2008, Heather earned a master’s degree in history, also from UCSC. Heather was the Program Director at Santa Cruz Hillel from 2008-2010, where she discovered her passion for working with college students. When she’s not at Hillel, Heather loves reading and discussing excellent novels, visiting state and national parks, and spending hours in museums with her husband, Joseph. Heather and Joseph love museums so much, that in 2009, they got married at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, where they were surrounded by family, friends, and dinosaurs. Heather is excited to be a part of the team at Hillel at Stanford, and looks forward to getting to know you. Don’t hesitate to come say hello!
Shifra Elman
Gesher Director
Born, raised, and then some in Brooklyn, Shifra packed up her belongings and headed west for her dream job as Hillel at Stanford’s program director for graduate students and young professionals.  Shifra holds an MSW with a concentration in Community Organizing from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University as well as a B.A. in Media Planning, and an A.A. Judaic Studies from the Stern College for Women.   Shifra spent a year as an Americorps volunteer where she worked with one of New York’s largest social service agencies building micro-communities of volunteers and clients to address unemployment in New York. Her hobbies include baking fancy breads, discussing the meaning of life and watching Korean soap operas.  If you have an idea for a Gesher program contact Shifra at any time — she’ll make it happen!

YaronYaron Fishelson
Jewish Agency Israel Fellow
Born in Israel, Yaron grew up in sunny Tel-Aviv among its lovely boulevards, the never ending nightlife scene and the warm salty air next to the beautiful sandy beaches. After serving in the IDF, Yaron lived in London, traveled throughout South and Central America and explored Thailand. He took a break from exploring the world to study at Tel Aviv University double majoring in biology and management. During this time he became the management faculty’s representative to the student government, did programing for the international relation’s department and interned as a Stand with Us Fellow. After completing his bachelor’s, Yaron worked for an online marketing company eventually deciding to continue to the next step and market one of his favorite things: Israel. Yaron wants to bring all the varied aspects and beauties of Israel to Stanford. He is always ready and willing to talk about Israel but wouldn’t mind at all talking about his other interests – photography, SCUBA diving, marine biology, creative writing and life experiences. Yaron’s door is ALWAYS open; anyone is welcome to come in for a chat, coffee, or just to hang out.

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Mike Amerikaner
Assistant Director, Community Development
Mike joined Hillel at Stanford in 2013, which marks a return to Hillel as he used to be the Program Director for Hillel at Davis and Sacramento.  More recently, Mike was the Young Adult Community Coordinator at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.  He also worked for McKesson, the Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Team, and the San Francisco Giants. Mike has a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in International Relations B.A. from UC Davis. Mike was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Luis Obispo. He enjoys bike riding, rock climbing, reading, and movies.

Susan Feist
Development Associate
In late 2010 Susan made aliya from New York to sunny California, where she enjoyed a long career as Marketing and Public Relations Director at two Westchester JCCs. After a short break from work, she decided it was time to look for the perfect job. Along came the opportunity to work at Hillel. Her major responsibilities revolve around thanking all the wonderful people who donate to Hillel, therefore allowing the organization to offer the important and dynamic programs that it does. Outside of the office, Susan can be found hanging out with her grandchildren, walking the Bay Trail, hiking in the hills, practicing yoga and volunteering at the Peninsula SPCA.

Rabbi Ephriam KaminRabbi Ephraim Kamin
Rabbi, Jewish Study Network
Originally from Queens, New York, Rabbi Ephraim Kamin spent fourteen years of intense study at the Rabbinical Seminary of America where he received his rabbinic ordination. At this time, Rabbi Kamin holds a B.A. in psychology. An inspiring educator, Rabbi Kamin has lectured on many college campuses across America and to provide programming for graduate and undergraduate students on the Stanford Campus.d Israel. He also has a spiritual coaching practice and works in crisis intervention. In addition, Rabbi Kamin is an avid fly fisherman, an amateur chef and an accomplished oil painter who has exhibited his work in galleries. However, his greatest delight is teaching Torah and spending time with his family. As JSN Campus Director, Rabbi Kamin partners with Hillel at Stanford.